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No, you cannot replace the bolts with screws!!
very true. screws tapped into the fiberglass will rip out, over time.

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okay thanks... now what is the best way to acess the nut for easy removal and also to put back together? it looks as if the nuts are all set way up in a narrow crevace between the deck and hull joint in the cabin.
if you can fit an open end wrench in the space available, that will be the best at to do it. slip the wrench into the narrow space and turn the bolt from the top side. to put them back on, use a little scotch tape to temporarily secure the nut to the wrench and slip it into place. start, and tighten, the bolt from the top side. if a nut ill fit, a simple open end wrench should too.

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okay thanks... now what is the best way to acess the nut for easy removal and also to put back together? it looks as if the nuts are all set way up in a narrow crevace between the deck and hull joint in the cabin.
Welcome to boat maintenance! This will be far easier with two people. If you have to try on your own, a pair of vice grips may work to hold the nut inside while you loosen the bolt from the top. An impact driver can be a great help in busting frozen nuts and bolts loose.
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Re: Catalina 22 fixer upper

okay thanks everyone... i'm gonna give it a try today.
next problem now:
it seems as if there are thousands of hull paints on the market and it gets a little confusing. The anti fouling bottom paint(below the waterline) looks to be in good conditon... even though it is slightly streaky it is still very thick. I need to paint everything above the waterline because the paint has become dull and oxidized... what should I use and how much will I need aproximately?
ps I'd like to buy from west marine cause I have a few coupons and stuff saved up
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Re: Catalina 22 fixer upper

You're sure above the waterline is painted and not just oxidized gelcoat? They can look similar. The gelcoat can be restored by following Maine Sail's article on this site about compound buffing and polishing. Gives great results and is a better solution than painting in most cases.

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thanks... I'll check it out.
I'm not sure if it is paint or gel coat. there are some areas that look like they have beeen sanded into so it is a different color and there are some deep scratches that need fixing too. it has some scratches on it, not just oxidation.

I also need to repaint the deck and cabin and stuff so what should I use for that?
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Scratches through the gelcoat into the glass underneath would be a different color too. Could be paint after all, though. Just didn't want you to think that painting was your only option. Hard to say without pictures. I haven't had to paint my boat except for a little bit in the bilge, so I can't recommend any products there. But I can recommend a copy of Don Casey's book,
Sailboat Refinishing (International Marine Sailboat Library): Don Casey: 9780071486583: Amazon.com: Books Sailboat Refinishing (International Marine Sailboat Library): Don Casey: 9780071486583: Amazon.com: Books


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